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Limited to One Handgun

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by razorback2003, Jun 26, 2013.

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  1. razorback2003

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    In some foreign countries, you are limited to one handgun for self defense. You can carry that handgun, keep at home for protection, and shoot it at the range, but you are limited to one handgun.

    What handgun would you choose when limited to one?
     
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    one handgun

    Only one? - 1911A1, .45 ACP!!.!!
     
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    That would all depend on what ammo is easily and readily available - if in Europe, and 9mm is not verboten because it is the military and police cartridge, then I would go with that. Here, 9, 40 and 45 are all readily available (last few month's silliness aside) so pick one you like. The Glock 19 or similar comes to mind for both carry and nightstand
     
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    Glock 21 or that new high capacity Sig (cross between 220 and 226).
     
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    Hi-Power 9mm. :D
     
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    Glock 20SF and both a .40S&W and 357Sig barrel.

    Is that three guns?
     
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    Glock 17/19. 9mm is probably the most commonly encountered pistol round. Glocks are pretty durable and easier to repair than most other designs without specialized tools(1/8" punch),short of changing sights or the firing pin channel liner.
     
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    p229 in 40 with a 357sig and 9mm barrels and 22 conversion slide.
     
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    P-250 with the multi frame package .45acp
     
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    If the ammo wasn't an issue, probably something like my FNP-45. If it were something like a 9mm it would be hard to beat a Glock 19.
     
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    I see this as being one and the same question faced by new shooters looking to buy their first handgun.

    If they have hands like mine, I'd recommend a Walther PPQ. Personally, I prefer the 9mm, but there is a mote powerful 40 cal version.

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    This^^^^add in a 9X25 caliber as well. (kinda like a .357SIG but faster)

    I reload 10MM and .40 already. The Glock 20 SF is perfect because of a simple barrel swap.

    Shooting .40 out of that big frame is really tame.
     
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    Yikes only one pistol?

    They must have a high rate of suicide.

    Something in the flavor of .45ACP I suppose... to do the job quickly.
     
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    I'd most likely go with my Glock 17L. While somewhat long for CCW it could be managed with a bit of creativity such as a Safepacker. Otherwise it works very well for most other handguns uses I have. The 9mm chambering is adequate as well for the vast majority of uses I'd have for a handgun, especially with the long 6" barrel extracting the best performance from the cartridge.
     
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    This thread again?
    Has it been a month already?
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    Yeah....45 auto and lots of extra mags! :)
     
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    Glock 20SF for autoloader, and I'm not really a Glock guy. Can get other barrels for it easily. Handles large critters. Hard to pack a better combination of power and capacity into a handgun.

    For revolver, I'd go with a 4" heavy barrel .357 magnum that can stand up to steady magnum loads for longevity. The ability to use .38 spl is nice.
     
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    I don't know about that. If you know you can buy more, you can think about progressions and strategy. You can buy a .22 to get lots of practice (normally) and a full size gun for home/range use, and a compact for summer CC. If you know you can't do all that, you must skip the intro and try to find a compromise that covers all the bases.

    To answer the OP...it may not matter what I want. If they limit how many I can have, they probably also limit what I can have.

    Maybe an IOC ANMOL 32. :(
     
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    I vote for move out of the country.
     
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    Typically when this thread comes up (which is quite regularly), I answer it based on what is available here, rather than trying to guess what might be in "some other" country. The last time I answered it, it was also based on ammo availability before December of 2012.

    I'll answer again with the same mindset.

    There is nothing I do with a handgun that cannot be achieved with a quality .22 rimfire autoloader, so that's the way I'd go. It would be something that is enjoyable to shoot, easy to carry, and widely available (to avoid scarcity of parts, should any be needed.) I have an AP22 by FEG of Hungary, and that would be ideal except for that last criteria.

    So, it would be a similar gun, such as a Walther PPK/S in .22, Bersa/Firestorm .22, or Ruger SR22. A double-action first-shot trigger would be important because this would also be a defensive-use piece.
     
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    Living in South Africa would sure be odd but at least they can have and carry a gun.
    I'd say a Hi-Power.
     
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    Ditto.
     
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